Why Does Water Taste Bitter? - Mayu Water Answers

Why Does Water Taste Bitter?

Bitter water can be caused by the pH level, higher TDS levels, or excess minerals. Learn more about why water tastes bitter and how to improve it.
By 

Cameron-Leigh Henning

 on June 15, 2022. 
Reviewed by 

Romi Hector

Even though water is considered flavorless, it does have a taste that can be influenced by many different factors. The taste of water is affected by themineral content and compounds it contains. Tap water takes many routes to houses and is likely to taste different in other areas. Sometimes the water will pick up minerals that improve its taste, or the pipes may cause a metallic flavor. The tap water in other homes may taste earthy or musty. The taste of water is heavily dependent on the area, the source of the water, and the condition of the pipes.

What Could Be Causing the Bitter Taste in Water?

Usually, when your water tastes bitter, it could be because the pH is off. Bitter water can also be caused by high concentrations of TDS (total dissolved solids). Water with high TDS levels is also known as hard water. Another reason for bitter water could be the corrosion of pipes in your home, which leads to increased concentrations of copper or zinc. This could also lead to a metallic taste, but there are also several othercauses of a metallic taste in water.

What Can I Do to Make My Water Taste Better?

Ionized water filters can help adjust your water's pH level, improving taste. If the cause of the bitter water is high levels of minerals,reverse osmosis filtration systems can remove the minerals causing the unwanted flavor. If your water is bitter because of higher TDS levels (which have no negative effect on human health), you can make it taste better by adding fresh fruits and herbs like lemon, mint, berries, and cucumber.

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